Joseph Shively was born in Preble County, Ohio on August 1, 1833 and died April 21, 1894 in Wayne County, Indiana. He was the son of Henry Shively and Mary Brower. Joseph married Artenecia Taylor on 15-October-1857 in Preble County, Ohio. Henry Shively, with family, moved to Wayne County, Indiana and prospered in the hardware business in Hagerstown, Wayne County, Indiana.
The following information was extracted from The Wayne Farmer, Hagerstown, IN, Friday, October 20, 1899, Page 2, Columns 1-2:
Hagerstown's Mercantile Interests
The evolution of the hardware business in Hagerstown is an interesting subject. The small establishment started by H. Shively & Son in the room west of Will Porter's grocery was the only hardware store in town for a number of years. It is a matter of wonder that so small a store could supply a population almost as great and fully as prosperous as our present population, but there seems to have been an ample supply for the demand and it remained for later years to create the demand for larger stocks of hardware. Shively's store had been running for several years before William Gebhart opened a new stock of hardware in the room now occupied by Mahlon Gebhart's dry goods store. The two stores prospered where but one had been maintained before, and Shively soon found his quarters becoming too small for his growing trade. He accordingly erected the building on the northeast corner of Main and Washington streets, known as the Shively Building, and moved his hardware store into the corner room. Joseph Shively carried on a hardware and implement business in that room until his death, when the establishment passed into the hands of his son, Will Shively. The latter ran the store until November, 1897, when the entire stock of hardware, implements and furniture was sold to J. M. Worl, who took immediate possession. The advent of John Worl into the business circles of Hagerstown attracted a great deal of attention because of his prominence as a farmer. He had farmed for forty-five years on Walnut Level, where he ownes one of the best farms in that fertile region. Mr. Worl moved into Hagerstown in order to give his children the benefit of the schools and primarily had no intentions of entering business. But the opportunity offered and he purchased the stock, as already stated. Immediately after taking charge Mr. Worl increased the stock in all its departments. (The article continues but in the interest of keeping this related to the Shively's will stop here).
Henry Shively was a brother to Daniel Shively of Huntington County, Indiana who was mentioned in last weeks blog. Located is The Cambridge City Tribune, Cambridge City, IN, Thursday, September 4, 1884, Page 2, Column 3:
Henry Shively has returned from Huntington county. He reports the death of his brother, Daniel Shively, at that place, last Wednesday, at the age of 89 years and 4 months.
The death of Joseph Shively was found in The Hagerstown Exponent, Wednesday, April 25, 1894, Page 3, Column 3:
After several weeks of intense suffering, Joseph Shively passed out of this life at his home in this place, while surrounded by his family and a number of friends Saturday night last at near midnight. Three weeks ago he was able to be at his usual place of business, and his death so soon was thought by no one. He was seriously ill about two years ago, but had seemingly entirely recovered. By his death the commercial circle of our little city has been broken, and the loss of the departed member has caused numerous expressions of regret and sorrow by many with whom he mingled. He made continents of but few, but for those he considered his friends he had a heart as warm and friendship as substantial as any friend can have for friend. He was ever cheerful, and to many his acquaintances it was a pleasure to meet him at his home or store for an hour's chat. He was a member of no order or church, though in talks with us he often expressed a belief in a future life and the existence of a God. He came to Hagerstown about twenty-five years ago, and during that time he established a comfortable home, a successful business and sided materially in building our town. He leaves a wife and one son, in Hagerstown, two sisters living in the west, and three brothers--Charles, who is an attorney at Richmond; Lew, a dealer in real estate in Los Angeles, Cal., and Harvey, a judge of the court at Wabash, Ind.; all of the brothers were here yesterday. The funeral services were held in the Christian church yesterday, sermon by Rev. Stovenour, Monday, while all who desired could take a last look at deceased, the remains rested in a handsome casket at the home, surrounded by flowers, among which was a broken column that came from the business men as a token of their regards.
During the funeral services a congregation filled the church to its fullest capacity. Rev. Neal read a lesson from the scriptures, which was followed by music by the choir--"Will you meet me at the fountain." Elder Lewis Kinsey led in prayer, and the choir sang "Asleep in Jesus." Rev. Stovenour preached what was generally considered an able sermon. The casket, covered with the most beautiful flowers , was opened while at the church, and the congregation took a last look at the remains, which were then taken to the Hagerstown cemetery and interred. Among those who came from abroad to attend the funeral, in addition to his brothers, were Captain Steel and wife, Winchester, O.; Mrs.Patterson, a sister, Wabash; Mrs. Addie Bowman and Mrs. Olive Mathews, Madisonville, O.; Oscar Johnson and wife, Ottis Parsons and B. F. Parsons, Richmond; Mrs. Kelly and daughter, Lizzie, Greenville, O.; Mrs Taylor, Chicago; Amanda Arnold, Roan, Ind.; Fred Prior, Harrison, O.
The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful among which were a pillow, upon which was woven the word "father" from Lew; wreaths from Charley and wife, Richmond, and from Laura Hunt, Eaton; a beautiful sheaf and cycle from Mrs.Kelly, Chicago, a wreath from wife and son, and a broken column, from the business men of the town. Deceased was 60 years of age.
The death of Artemecia Shively was recorded in The Hagerstown Exponent, Thursday, August 20, 1914, Page 2, Column 3:
Death Of Mrs. Shively
Mrs. Artenecia Shively, widow of Joseph Shively, died at her home here Sunday night at 9:30 o'clock, aged seventy-nine years. Mrs. Shively had been losing strength gradually for several months past and was seriously ill for three weeks prior to her death, suffering from an incurable form of cancer of the stomach.
Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon, at three o'clock, when R Stanhope Easterday, Christian Scientist, of Indianapolis, conducted the services. Miss Blanche Boyd, of Cambridge City, sang "In Thee, Oh Spirit, True and Tender,""Still, Still With Thee," and "The Mother's Evening Prayer," the last, one of Mrs. Eddy's poems.
Burial was made in West Lawn cemetery. The bearers were John Teetor, C. H. Hughes, Henry Keagy, W. H. Porter, B. F. Mason and A. R. Jones.
Many friends sent the most beautiful floral tributes to the home, as tokens of their high regard for the one who had passed the portals, and expressive of their deep sympathy for the bereaved relatives. These flowers were placed over and about the grave after the burial services.
Mrs. Shively was a lovable woman, and one of beautiful character. Always seeking the good and and shunning that which cast a shadow in the way of right living, her life was an example of faithful trust, sweet simplicity and beautiful rectitude. Her home life was exemplary and her social life was such to call to her side those who, like herself, saw good in everything. The sister left will miss her council and her companionship, but will live in the comforting assurance given by the "Friend that's ever near" that there will be no parting in the home eternal where death cannot enter.